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F-35 2014 End of Year Wrap-Up Video

Posted on January 20, 2015 by Fighter Country

2014 for the F-35 program was all about momentum, maturity and meeting milestones. The enterprise was expanded with maintenance and training depots stood up around the U.S. including our very own Luke Air Force Base.

Video courtesy of Lockheed Martin.

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In case you missed the F-35 unveiling ceremony

Posted on March 24, 2014 by Fighter Country

On Friday, March 14, the first F-35 Lightning II assigned to the 56th Fighter Wing was officially delivered during a ceremony at Luke Air Force Base (AFB) in Glendale, Ariz.  In case you missed this historical event, below is the video that was played during the ceremony. Enjoy!

Video courtesy of Lockheed Martin.

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Lightning Leadership’s goal: Build real leaders

Posted on June 21, 2013 by Fighter Country

CMSgt David StatonNearly a year ago, I arrived at Luke Air Force Base to be your command chief. Since then, I’ve spent the majority of my time digging into the biggest challenges for the enlisted corps.

Through hundreds of discussions with Airmen of all ranks, I keep hearing the same thing; we want guidance, we want discipline, we want high standards, we want accountability, and most importantly, WE WANT TO BE LED!

As your senior enlisted leader, I would tell you we have phenomenal leaders in the 56th Fighter Wing. However, as the wing commander says “we can always do better.” As the conversations with Airmen raise questions in my head, I wonder if we are always providing our subordinates the leadership they want, need and deserve.

The more I think about this, the more I realize that some of us need to get back to the basics of leadership.

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Former Luke wing commander tapped for top NATO post

Posted on March 22, 2013 by Fighter Country

Gen. Philip BreedloveGen. Philip M. Breedlove, 57, commander of U.S. Air Force personnel in Europe and Africa since July 2012, is President Barack Obama’s choice to head the NATO command. From June 2002 to June 2004, Breedlove was the wing commander at Luke AFB.

Breedlove has flown combat missions in Operation Joint Forge/Joint Guardian. He is a command pilot with 3,500 flying hours, primarily in the F-16.

If Breedlove is nominated and confirmed by the Senate, he would succeed Navy Adm. James Stavridis, who has been head of NATO since 2009. Breedlove would also be the first Air Force general to hold the top NATO position since 2000-2003.

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Luke Days 2009 Open House Air Show

Posted on May 16, 2009 by Fighter Country

“Thunder in the Desert”, Luke Air Force Base’s Open House and Airshow was a huge success on March 21 and 22, 2009. Come back to our website as we post pictures and video from this event. Luke’s “Thunder in the Desert” 2009 Open House was a two-day event at Luke Air Force Base and one of the most diverse air shows in America. The U.S. Air Force’s Aerial Demonstration Team, the Thunderbirds, brought their special brand of high-flying excitement to this year’s show as well as numerous other aircraft and ground displays, exhibits, and attractions. Stay tuned for details about…

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